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Afrikaner

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — African Studies.

A term originally used to describe a person born in South Africa rather than Europe; in the twentieth century it was used to denote a White person whose first language was Afrikaans....

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Andries Pretorius

Overview page. Subjects: World History — African Studies.

(1798–1853)

Boer leader and general. After several frontier campaigns against the Xhosa he took part in the Great Trek, and became commandant-general of the Boers after Piet...

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Cape Province

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Formerly the largest province in South Africa. In 1994 it was divided into the separate provinces of Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape. The first colony was established by ...

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Free State

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Province in central South Africa, bounded by the Vaal River in the north and the Mohokare (Caledon) and Orange rivers in the south.

Created in 1994, Free State has retained ...

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Marthinus Wessel Pretorius

Overview page. Subjects: World History.

(1819–1901)

Boer statesman. He was President of the South African Republic (1857–71), having followed his father, Andries Pretorius, in the Great Trek. After fighting the Zulu, he...

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South Africa

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South Africa has healed the wounds of apartheid but still suffers from serious violence

South Africa has narrow coastal plains in the east, west and south. These rise to a chain of...

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Transvaal

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — British History.

Founded as an independent republic by Boers (Afrikaners) fleeing British rule in the mid‐19th cent., the Transvaal was annexed by Britain in 1877 but regained its internal autonomy in 1881....

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